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Lower Oil Prices Seen Easing Japan’s Trade Pain

Traders work in the crude oil and natural gas options pit on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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The recent sharp fall in crude

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/22/lower-oil-prices-seen-easing-japans-trade-pain/?mod=WSJBlog

5 Takeaways From the WTO’s World Trade Report

The good news is that the outlook for global trade this year is a bit better than last year. But the bad news, according to the World Trade Organization, is that the economic malaise in Europe will drag on the exchange of goods around the world, in turn hurting the potential for global economic growth.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/20/5-takeaways-from-the-wtos-world-trade-report/?mod=WSJBlog

Politics, Not Economics, Impede U.S. Trade Deals, Former Officials Say

No, it’s not the economy. It’s politics.
That’s the view of several former trade officials and industry leaders who say the recovering U.S. economy is primed to benefit from trade agreements under negotiations with Pacific countries and the European Union. The problem: a lack of political backing.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/02/politics-not-economics-impede-u-s-trade-deals-former-officials-say/?mod=WSJBlog

Why ‘Buy American’ Doesn’t Necessarily Mean ‘Made in USA’

One of the strange quirks in the U.S. government’s “Buy American” laws is that many items covered by the rules—from hand tools to trolley cars—wouldn’t necessarily be able to carry a “Made in USA” label if found on a store shelf.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/01/why-buy-american-doesnt-necessarily-mean-made-in-usa/?mod=marketbeat

Germany Replaces China as World’s Trade-Surplus Boogeyman

China’s devalued exchange rate has made it a pariah of U.S.-based manufacturing and a beloved target of countless U.S. political diatribes and bills seeking to censure Beijing for its currency policy.
But it is key U.S. ally Germany that’s sapping growth from the global economy, according to the latest tally of trade surpluses by the International Monetary Fund.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/30/germany-replaces-china-as-worlds-trade-surplus-boogeyman/?mod=WSJBlog
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